An early episode of the Net Cafe series dealing with online games and sites about gaming. Includes Quake, Full Throttle, TEN (the Total Entertainment Network), Meridian 59, and MUD sources (Multi User Dimension). Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Includes a CyberBlast segment, an early experiment in downloading software through the television signal. Shot on location at the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Originally broadcast in 1998.
June 21, 2014 Subject:
Nice to See Tim Schafer on Internet Cafe #106
I like these series ("'Net Cafe" and "Computer Chronicles"), and I'm glad to see Tim Schafer get interviewed on this episode of Internet Cafe. It's such a time capsule into the past of computer games and adventure gaming, giving us a window into history.
While some today might mock the hosts and interviewers in these shows, the mockers need to be informed that these informative entertainers were making television shows for laymen that didn't know what computers or the Internet really were or how they worked. It was an age in the 1990's when most people didn't have home Internet access or even a personal computer, and what they did have if anything was dial-up modems at home and early broadband at their workplaces and schools' typing classes. So these shows were really important in explaining what was going on out there for your average person and getting them informed and excited about the booming world of computers and online communications.